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About cynephilia

Lifetime student of and devourer of international Cinema. Artist, teacher, traveller - especially to my "other home", Java, Indonesia. Features writer for 14 years, for The Jakarta Post, national English language daily newspaper. I was born in New Zealand, but lived in Queensland, Australia since 1970. My profound link with Indonesia began in 1983, when visiting Bali (then an island of arts and of inspiration for an artist), and then again in 1994 when a visit to Yogyakarta, Java, began a process of that town and it's warm people becoming another home and extended family for me. Yogyakarta is the Artistic capital of Indonesia, and so it was the place for me. In 2000 I became a regular contributor about the arts for The Jakarta Post, and cinema, my lifetime passion, later began to become my focus for writing. The advent of The Asia Pacific Screen Awards, (APSA) in South East Queensland, launched in 2007 gave me opportunities to meet some the great film-makers of Asia, and see their amazing work. APSA is a kind of "Oscars" for the Asia-Pacific Region.

“Time Regained”/”Le Temps Retrouve” 1999 directed by Raul Ruiz (review by Cynthia Webb)

“Time Regained”/”Le Temps Retrouve” 1999, directed by Raul Ruiz Review by Cynthia Webb I am still drifting and dreaming inside the corridors of the mind, the chambers of memory of Marcel Proust, after seeing the exquisite film of his “Le … Continue reading

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“The White Crow” (2019, director, Ralph Fiennes……….. review by Cynthia Webb

    “The White Crow” (2019, director Ralph Fiennes) By Cynthia Webb The White Crow (belaya vorona) is a Russian expression for a misfit, a non-conformist, one who stands out from the crowd. This was certainly Rudolph Nureyev. His character … Continue reading

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“Everybody Knows” (2018) Asghar Farhadi

EVERYBODY KNOWS (Spain, 2018) directed by Asghar Farhadi review by Cynthia Webb In November, 2014 I was speaking with Asghar Farhadi while he was in Brisbane, acting as Jury President for the Asia Pacific Screen Awards. He told me that … Continue reading

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Asia Pacific Screen Awards, 2018 – In the right place at the right time

Overview of industry change, and APSA’s potential as the cinematic focus shifts to Asia By Cynthia Webb, Brisbane, Australia This awards event is similar in form to the Academy Awards, of Hollywood. The first “APSA” year was 2007, and this … Continue reading

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“Israfil” directed by Ida Panahandeh (Iran, 2017)

REVIEW by Cynthia Webb, 19th May 2018 “Israfil “ (2017, Iran) directed by Ida Panahandeh (pictured above) Review by Cynthia Webb While in Iran recently, I watched this very moving second feature film of the young female director, Ida Panahandeh. … Continue reading

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Press Conference with Oliver Stone, Tehran, Iran. At the Fajr International Film Festival, 19-27 April, 2018

Press Conference 25th April 2018 at the Fajr International Film Festival, (FIFF),Tehran, Iran. (Festival Director, respected Iranian film maker Reza Mirkarimi.) Report by Cynthia Webb (Tehran, Iran) Media from Iran, from nearby countries, and even from Agence France Presse,and even … Continue reading

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“The 15:17 to Paris” (2018) Directed by Clint Eastwood. (review by Cynthia Webb)

“The 15/17 to PARIS” (2018) Directed by Clint Eastwood By Cynthia Webb Perhaps Clint Eastwood’s days as a great director are over, going by his latest offering. Or perhaps this screenplay just didn’t have enough interest in it to sustain … Continue reading

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“Ellipsis” (2018) Directed by David Wenham (Australia)

“ELLIPSIS” directed by David Wenham. (Australia) Cynthia Webb, Gold Coast, QLD, Australia Australian actor David Wenham has been on many a film set starring in some of this country’s finest films, – also television. He began to ponder the matter … Continue reading

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‘DARKEST HOUR”, Directed by Joe Wright (UK, 2018)

“Darkest Hour” – by Joe Wright (UK, 2018) comments by Cynthia Webb Pretty soon, this film will be collecting major awards on both sides of the Atlantic! “Darkest Hour” is the best film of a recent burst of Winston Churchill … Continue reading

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‘Sekala, Niskala” (The Seen and Unseen) directed by Kamila Andini, 2017, Indonesia Review by Cynthia Webb

The island of Bali in Indonesia has become a tourist magnet of powerful attraction, but probably the majority of tourists just enjoy their holiday, and don’t know very much at all about the unique culture and religious lives of the … Continue reading

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